Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations

 

Armenia, Georgia Relations

Armenia, Georgia PMs meet in Armenian-populated Bolnisi village
/Jan 15/Public Radio of Armenia/

On January 15, an informal meeting was held between Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and Prime Minister of Georgia Mamouka Bakhtadze in Bolnisi, Georgia.

The Georgian Premier once again congratulated Nikol Pashinyan on being appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and expressed conviction that the ongoing active dialogue would foster the development and expansion of multifaceted cooperation between the two friendly nations.

Nikol Pashinyan, in turn, stressed the importance of Armenian-Georgian interaction in all areas. The parties exchanged views on a number of issues high on the bilateral agenda.

Nikol Pashinyan and Mamouka Bakhtadze later met with the residents of Armenian-populated Bolnisi village (formerly known as Bolnis-Khatchen).


Armenia, Georgia agree to hold business forum in Dilijan
/Jan 16/PanArmenian/

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held an informal meeting with his Georgian counterpart Mamuka Bakhtadze in Bolnisi, Georgia, Pashinyan said in a Facebook post.

He said the two decided to hold an Armenian-Georgian business forum in Dilijan, Armenia in May.

Trade turnover between Armenia and Georgia increased by 3.7% in January-November 2018 against the same period in 2017.

 

Other Bilateral Relations

Armenia, South Korea promote mutual investments
/Jan 17/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The Armenian government approved the bill on ratifying the agreement on Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments between Armenia and the Republic of Korea, reports Armenpress.

The agreement enables to create favorable conditions for the investors of the two countries by contributing to the promotion of business initiatives in both states.

The agreement guarantees the investor of each side complete protection and security, as well as fair and equal regime in accordance with the international law.


European Commission launches €13 billion infrastructure investment project for Eastern Partnership countries, including Armenia
/Jan 16/ArmenPress.am/Share

YEREVAN – The European Commission and the World Bank have co-authored an Indicative trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Investment Action Plan that identifies priority projects in Eastern Partnership countries, including in Armenia, in a bid to boost connectivity and economic growth in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, the European Commission said in a press release.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are part of the Eastern Partnership.

Together, the projects will require an estimated investment of almost €13 billion and foresee a total of 4800 kilometers of road and rail, 6 ports, and 11 logistics centers, the European Commission said.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn, responsible for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, underlined “The completion of the Indicative TEN-T Investment Action Plan is a joint commitment to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region. The Plan will assist decision-makers in prioritising strategic investments in transport infrastructure with the aim of completing the TEN-T network defined as one of the 20 deliverables for 2020 in the Joint Declaration of the last Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.”

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Enhanced transport connectivity both within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EaP region and the EU has the potential to bolster economic growth and create job opportunities. The Plan shall also serve to highlight the importance of road safety as well as digital solutions in new projects, and to align design standards with current EU practices."

“The projects included in the investment plan were identified together with the Eastern Partnership countries and with the assistance of the International Financial Institutions. Those projects will make possible the construction and rehabilitation of new and existing roads, rail, ports, airports as well as logistical centres and border crossing points. The priority investments include both short-term projects to be completed by 2020 and long-term projects aiming to improve transport links on the TEN-T by 2030. Along infrastructural investments, the presented investment plan aims to bring forward key reforms for the transport sector and improve road safety in the region. The development of project on the TEN-T is expected to foster regional development through improving access to economic opportunities, harnessing the benefits of industrial agglomeration and increasing market competition.

The completion of the Indicative Investment Action Plan coincides with the entry into force of the extension of the core TEN-T to the Eastern Partnership region”, the commission said.

 

The international forum in Abu DhabiArmenian President to take part in largest international forum in Abu Dhabi end Armenia, UAE cooperation

Armenian President to take part in largest international forum in Abu Dhabi Armenian President to take part in largest international forum in Abu Dhabi
/Jan 13/News.am/

YEREVAN – Armenian President Armenian Sarkissian will take part in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week – ADSW, the largest international event in Abu Dhabi on January 14, Armenpress reported quoting the presidential press service.

More than 4,000 participants from around the world, including heads of states and governments, diplomats, political and public figures, and major entrepreneurs will attend the forum. The Armenian President will deliver a speech during one of the forum's sessions.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, held annually each January. The event is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the major social, economic and environmental trends shaping the world’s sustainable development, and to empowering the global community to realise viable and effective strategies to mitigate climate change and address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future.

The week will promote eight key pillars that explore how industries are responding to the digital transformation underway in the global economy, which in turn is giving rise to new opportunities to address global sustainability challenges.


President Sarkissian outlines areas Armenia, UAE can launch a mutually beneficial cooperation.
/Jan 15/Panorama/

President Armen Sarkissian, who is in the United Arab Emirates on official visit, in Abu Dhabi met with the Minister of State of the UAE Sultan Al Jaber, press department at the President’s Office reported.

Armenia is famous for its fruit and vegetable production and processing, dry fruit production and in this area Armenia, the United Arab Emirates can launch a mutually beneficial cooperation, the president noted at the meeting.

According to President Sarkissian, information technologies and telecommunications might become another platform for cooperation as well as the financial sector, energy, especially the area of renewable energy production.

The President of Armenia and Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates spoke about opportunities for cooperation, in particular, implementation of joint projects in different areas. According to President Sarkissian, through the years, there have been minor and major achievements, but the existing potential is much greater.

Among promising areas of cooperation, President Armen Sarkissian singled out areas of tourism, infrastructure, and services and noted that Armenia can offer different solutions in these areas such as eco-tourism and cultural tourism.

The President highlighted also the importance of cooperation in the areas of agriculture and food production.


President: Armenia could serve as bridge for UAE towards EAEU, CIS markets

The official visit of President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia to the United Arab Emirates commenced with the meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan on Monday, his office said.

Expressing gratitude for the warm reception, President Sarkissian said, “Relations between Armenia and United Arab Emirates started during the reign of your father of blessed memory, President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan. We cherish the warm relations established between our countries and peoples and we are ready to develop and expand them as much as possible.”

During the warm and candid conversation, President Armen Sarkissian and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan discussed the entire range of the Armenia-UAE relations, stressed the importance of the intergovernmental commission in boosting the existing tempo of the trade and economic ties. According to the officials, the commission is a favorable platform to study each other’s markets, to explore possibilities for the mutually beneficial investments as well as to follow the reforms and innovations in the economies of the two countries.

Underscoring the existing great potential in the trade and economic areas, the Armenian president viewed as promising cooperation particularly in the areas of agriculture, renewable energy, chemical production, information technologies and telecommunication areas.

Noting that Armenia views the UAE as an important gateway to the Persian Gulf region and other countries, Sarkissian said that Armenia in its turn could serve as a bridge for the UAE towards the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries and markets.

President Sarkissian and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan spoke also about the cooperation in the areas of culture, science, and education, as well as about the existing great potential in the area of tourism. To boost contacts between the peoples of the two friendly states and to increase the level of mutual recognizability, the parties stressed the importance of cultural cooperation and implementation of joint programs


Armenian president presents cooperation prospects to UAE minister of state
/Jan 15/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who is now in the United Arab Emirates on official visit, met Monday in Abu Dhabi with the Minister of State of the UAE Sultan Al Jaber, the presidential press office reports. 
The president of Armenia and minister of state of the United Arab Emirates spoke about opportunities for cooperation, in particular, implementation of joint projects in different areas. 
According to Sarkissian, through the years, there have been minor and major achievements but the existing potential is much greater.
Among promising areas of cooperation, President Armen Sarkissian singled out areas of tourism, infrastructure, and services and noted that Armenia can offer different solutions in these areas such as eco-tourism and cultural tourism.


UAE delegation to visit Armenia
/Jan 15/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian, who is in the United Arab Emirates on official visit, in Abu Dhabi met today with the Minister of State of the UAE Sultan Al Jaber, Sarkissian’s press office reported.
It said the President of Armenia and Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates spoke about opportunities for cooperation, in particular, implementation of joint projects in different areas. According to President Sarkissian, through the years, there have been minor and major achievements, but the existing potential is much greater.
According to Armen Sarkissian, Armenia is famous for its fruit and vegetable production and processing, dry fruit production and in this area the two countries can launch a mutually beneficial cooperation. He said information technologies and telecommunications might become another platform for cooperation as well as the financial sector, energy, especially the area of renewable energy production.
Among promising areas of cooperation, President Armen Sarkissian singled out areas of tourism, infrastructure, and services and noted that Armenia can offer different solutions in these areas such as eco-tourism and cultural tourism.
The President highlighted also the importance of cooperation in the areas of agriculture and food production.
Sarkissian was quoted as saying that although Armenia is a small country, Armenians are a global and closely interconnected nation and when  speaking  about cooperation as president, he means not only the Republic of Armenia.
The interlocutors agreed that, as a first step, a delegation from the UAE would visit Armenia in order to familiarize themselves with the cooperation possibilities

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